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Choosing a Life that Matters (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

         Dennis Rainey's pocket-sized book, Choosing a Life that Matters, is a power punch of God's goodness wrapped up in his own words. Dennis, from what I can tell, is one of  those rare gems, a guy who's sold out for Christ and standing upon the word of God to show how we can live fruitful and meaningful lives.

          While it can be said you can read this book in one night, I find it far more fitting to read through it slowly so everything can simmer and in the end be found "just right." I am by no means a cook, like my wife is, but let me interject this viewpoint rather quickly. As my wife Tanya cooks, she brings in the right combinations of spices, aromatics, and food to make a wonderful dish. When I say, "read through this book slowly so everything can simmer," I'm saying that instead of rushing through the book just to finish it; allow the words Dennis uses to soak in and work on you.

          The Bible needs to be read in the same manner. It is to be studied, to be relied upon, to be allowed the right to look in the darkest corners bringing light to your heart and mind. And I honestly believe Dennis Rainey does a great job explaining and showing how we can have a life that matters to God. If we would just allow ourselves the right to seek Him, to be passionate about Him, we wouldn't sin half as much. Yes, we still will sin, but not as far as we used to.

          I find that when I truly read this short but powerful book, I wasn't just listening to Dennis Rainey. I felt like I was sitting with Jesus. It's as if you are sat at the Master's feet, listening to Him speak about how to love others and to glorify God at the same time. I would love to be able to make that all the more evident in my life. So, suffice it to say I found Dennis's book a good read; one that provokes the thought, and makes you want to effect change.

          I received this book from Bethany House for my honest feedback.